The Times reports that Tottenham boss Juande Ramos has changed his mind over Jermain Defoe, and has now decreed that he wants the striker to stay at White Hart Lane. Times journo (and mouth-frothingly hardcore Liverpool fan) Alysen Rudd reports that Defoe is now set to stay, and Defoe himself shed some light on all the confusion surrounding his future:
“People say things when they are a little bit down or upset.
“He pulled me the next day and said he didn’t mean it [that Defoe could leave]. He was honest with me. He said he wanted me to stay and get goals and said he wanted to achieve something special. He is a good manager with great ideas, so it’s good. I said to him: ‘What do you think? Am I part of it?’ He said: ‘Yes, you are definitely part of it. If you get a chance, take it.’
“There are four top forwards here and I understand that. The competition is hard and if you get a chance you have to take it. Maybe it was psychology, but it’s something I don’t think about. I just want to do my best for the team.”
So is Defoe going to make any lasting inrodes into the Tottenham first team, or is he going to remain an occasional cameo figure?